Aug 2 2017

Waif Wednesday!

Once again, it’s time to meet our Waifs of the Week: Marley, Jon, and Barney.

This is Marley, a handsome one-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. His first trip to Wayside was when his old shelter ran out of space for him, but he came here and got adopted. He was recently returned because he ended up being a little too energetic for their needs, but that’s okay! He am ready to find his true forever home with you! Here are a few things to know about him! He does know the command sit, but he is ready to learn so much more. He is food and praise motivated, so you can break out a yummy treat, or just tell him how good of a boy he is. He does great on a leash, and has become an excellent walking companion. He’s active and playful, so he’ll need a home where he can get regular exercise and playtime. He does need to work on his Basic Obedience training, but he is ready to learn with a dedicated teacher! Another positive about him is that he is crate trained and completely housebroken! He’d like to think that is a great achievement. He did like the dog in his previous home, and he did all right with cats. He still asks that you bring in your dogs to meet him so we can make sure you are a good fit! If Marley seems like the perfect dog for you, come down to Wayside and meet him!

You can learn more about Marley here.

This is Jon, and he is a very handsome black and white tuxedo male, so he is always dressed to impress! He came to Wayside as a stray, and while the great big yonder was ok, he is ready for a person and home to call his own! He is a cat that needs lots of play time! He is a young, strong feline who needs an adult only home to keep up with his own version of ninja warrior!  Being here at Wayside, he found out that his felineality is sidekick, which fits him to a tee!  Being a sidekick means that he is looking for a partner who shares his need for playtime interaction and respect when he is ready for some time alone!  Words he would use to describe himself are intelligent, affectionate, independent, and energetic! He would love to show you his soul eyes in person, so please come on down!  Just ask for the Big Cat on Wayside Campus!

You can learn more about Jon here. He also has a video, which you can view here.

This is Barney, a handsome two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix. He originally came to Wayside from another local shelter that ran out of space for him, but that is all right, because he’s doing just fine! He is on the search for a forever home, and maybe that’s with you! He does enjoy his independence, but he also would love some relaxation time with you! He’s an energetic boy, and he would benefit from Basic Obedience training. He would also do best in an active home, but he’s heard he’s a great walking/running partner. Because he’s so energetic, it would be best if he went to a home with a high fence. He can make it over little ones; he’s just so playful! He’s also smart, but he would enjoy learning new things! He’s toy motivated, so break out those squeaky toys and he’s ready to go! He’s proud to say he’s crate trained and housebroken, and he think that’s pretty amazing! He also would love to be the only animal in the home, because he wants to be your only furry friend! The staff at Wayside said he could learn to do well with other dogs, but he needs practice first! He thinks when he learn Basic Obedience; he will start to do better! If Barney sounds like the one for you, come visit him today!

Learn more about Barney here.


You can meet our Waifs of the Week and all of our other pets during our adoption hours!


  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: Noon-8pm
  • Thursday: Noon-8pm
  • Friday: Noon-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn


Aug 1 2017

Dutch: Long-Term Resident

It’s that time again for a monthly segment of our long-term residents. A long-term resident is someone who has been here at least thirty days or longer, and I try to narrow it down to some who have been here even longer. Last month, we focused on Bert and Marla, and I have good news. Marla found her forever home a week ago! This week, we are going to talk about Dutch and Rhett!

This handsome boy is Dutch, and he has been here for a grand total of one hundred and ten days. Dutch came to us in April as a stray, and he came in on a bite hold. A bite hold is a mandatory ten-day hold an animal has to be put on if they bite someone, and the length of time is determined because that’s when rabies could start showing symptoms if he had it. Thankfully, he was cleared medically and from his hold and he could start interacting with our staff. Behaviorally, we noticed he had a lot of energy, so we put him on Peace Academy.

Peace Academy is a program we have where our dogs that are super energetic can learn to harness their energy. We have trained staff and volunteers that work with the dogs daily, and each dog has their own training specific to their needs. Dutch’s program consisted of learning to “look” and “wait” because he is so energetic and can knock someone over. He also can get really mouthy and go over threshold, meaning he could bite just from being worked up. Some positive things were noted as well, like he already knew many commands and walked well on a harness.

Even though he is a big boy, sudden movements and noises can spook him. He recovers very quickly though! He also deals with restraint, but he will try and back out of it if he thinks he can beat you. When we tested him with dogs, he showed dominant and high-energy play style, so that was something else he needed to work on. On top of his behavior training, he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and was promptly treated. After that, he was made available!

As with any long-termer, he has become a staff favorite. Our Canine Care/Behavior Manager Jess Miller had many nice things to say about him.


“I LOVE HIM! He is such a big sweetheart, and he deserves a great home. He does need work and consistent behavior training, but if you stick with it he will thrive! He needs mental and physical stimulation otherwise he will get bored and start getting mouthy. Someone take a chance on him!”


A member of our Canine Care team also had nice things to say about Dutch. Sarah McGuire works with him whenever she can, and she enjoys his play style. She also compared him to Chance from Homeward Bound!


“Honestly, he’s like a big toddler. He doesn’t know how strong he is, so he will try and hug you but it ends up almost knocking you down. As long as someone is consistent with him, he will be a good boy!”

He has been available for a little over two months now, and he is thriving as much as he can here. He does have a few restrictions, such as he cannot go to a home with children under the age of five due to his excessive play and energy. He also needs an experienced owner, because he is a big, strong boy, and he needs someone who will stay committed to working with him on his behaviors. He is also obsessed with water so you can always have a pool buddy! Dutch would like to present his bio to you himself, so here you go!


“Hey there, I’m Dutch! I’m a handsome guy who’s looking for my fur-ever home. I’m a 1 year old American Pit Bull Terrier and I can’t wait to find my new peeps! I’m a fur-iendly guy who loves people but I’ll do best in a home without small children. Sometimes I can get really excited and wouldn’t want to knock anyone over! I’d love to meet all furry friends before heading home, too. I’m a strong guy with a big brain and I love to learn new things. I’m eager to learn the ropes in my new home. I’ll be extra motivated by praise and yummy treats! I love to get active and make sure I get plenty of exercise. Boys my size need to play! Walking on my easy walk harness and exploring the world is my favorite thing. I’m a sweet guy with a big heart and I’m ready to give you all of my love! Come by soon to see if we were meant to be!”



You can learn more about him here. He also has a video, which you can view here


We were going to feature our Feline Friend Rhett, but Rhett recently got adopted, so congratulations! But here’s a picture of her anyway! 

You can visit Dutch and all of our other furry friends at Wayside Waifs. Here are our adoption hours;


Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: Noon-8pm

Thursday: Noon-8pm

Friday: Noon-8pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 1pm-6pm

Written by Teryn

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